Permission sought for 345 affordable homes in Hacketstown

Development will prioritise amenities, walking, cycling and public transport

A planning application for 345 homes on a site in Hacketstown, Co Dublin, has been submitted by the Land Development Agency (LDA).

The proposal for a strategic housing development on the 6.9-hectare site near Skerries, which was made available to the LDA by the Housing Agency, will now be considered by An Bord Pleanála.

The LDA said the proposed development, on a greenfield site, will include both cost rental and affordable homes for purchase. Public open space, which will include parkland and a new public square, will account for a quarter of the entire site area.

The planned homes will comprise 39 three-bedroom houses, 118 three-bedroom apartments and duplexes, 104 two-bedroom apartments and duplexes and 84 one-bedroom apartments.


The new community will include a creche, 414 car parking spaces, and 746 bicycle spaces. The proposed apartments include the provision of private open space in the form of balconies and winter gardens to all elevations of the buildings.

The development will prioritise walking, cycling and public transport, with Skerries rail station situated about 1km from the proposed new homes.

As part of the works to deliver new housing to the area the Golf Links Road, which runs into Skerries town, will be upgraded in certain locations.

New homes

Last week the LDA submitted plans to build over 800 new homes in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, and almost 1,000 new homes on the site of the Central Mental Hospital in Dundrum.

In Shanganagh, south Dublin, construction will commence this year on the State’s largest affordable housing scheme, while work is also set to commence on the delivery of 265 homes on the site of the former St Kevin’s Hospital in Cork city.

John Coleman, LDA chief executive, said Hacketstown is “another example of the progress we are making on our development pipeline to bring the prospect of thousands of new affordable homes a step closer”.

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson

Colin Gleeson is an Irish Times reporter